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“Great experience at a classic Tucson resort” 5 of 5 stars
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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #21 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Carlsbad, CA
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“Great experience at a classic Tucson resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2010

My wife and I travel back to our beloved former home town of Tucson whenever possible to visit friends and soak up the desert air. We usually stay at the typical foothills resorts but this time chose to revisit Lodge on the Desert where we had stayed many years ago (we actually stayed in a guest suite with an indoor swimming pool). Since the last stay, the facility has undergone a major renovation with many of the 30's era guest rooms replaced with updated rooms and suites in two story buildings that were designed to blend in with the old architecture.

Admittedly, the pristine desert grounds and the historic older rooms were beautiful, but they were replaced with tastefully designed buildings and beautiful desert landscaping. Our room was large,bright and well appointed with Southwestern decor and had a fantastic balcony view of the Catalina mountains. Jorge, the manager, and his entire staff were courteous and delivered on every promise that was made when we booked the reservation.

The hotel restaurant was devastated by fire a few weeks before we arrived and was undergoing reconstruction. This was a serious blow during the peak of the tourist season and I wish everyone there the best of luck in rebounding from the setback. We look forward to our next stay at Lodge on the Desert and would recommend it to anyone looking for a laid back in-town Tucson resort experience.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

We had a wonderful rate as vendors for the Tucson Book Festival and all my requests were confirmed upon arrival... 2nd floor, king bed, newer section. Staff was extremely pleasant prior to and after arrival. We had Jorge and Mathew give us mapquest directions and confirmed our restaurant choices were good ones. Even though there were 3 noisy trucks outside the building (housing there restaurant due to a recent fire), we slept thru with no problem. As soon as you closed the doors, it was fine. We used the small hot tub and it was perfect for our needs. I wish they had fixed the stopper in our bath tub. I did want to take a hot bath at the end of the day and I wasn't able to, even after telling the lady at the front desk on Sunday morning it wasn't fixed upon our departure Monday morning. No message as to why, I think it slipped through the cracks, but certainly didn't ruin our stay.
Easy access to the University and restaurants we were interested in and a Whole Foods on the way.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2010

We booked the Lodge for a family weekend with our daughter at the University. This hotel is about 3 miles from campus and very convenient to drive. We read on Tripadvisor about the new and the historic rooms. The historic rooms still have not been completely renovated, but the new expanded hotel rooms are large, new, well appointed and have a gas fireplace. Many have mountain views. The property has a nice pool, restaurant and lounge, and a cozy library room off the lobby. This is not the place for a family who needs a lot of amenities, but if you are just in town on business or for a short visit, if the location fits, this is a very nice place. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

Kudos to Executive Chef Ryan Clark & staff for their hard work. Every staff member provided very nice service. I had doubts about staying here, with the restaurant arson yesterday, but I am very glad we did. They delighted us with complimentary coffee & baked pastries this morning.

I usually stay @ Westward Look Resort when visiting Tucson. But the Lodge has a more intimate pool & jacuzzi, along with 100% friendly helpful staff, will win my repeat visits.

  • Stayed February 2010
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Tempe, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2010

My family recently stayed at the Lodge on the Desert and thoroughly enjoyed this hotel. Our room was nicely appointed, the grounds were lovely, and the character of the place was impressively Southwestern (I'll never understand why more hotels in the "Old Pueblo" don't make more of their heritage). A big plus was the spacious floor layout of the room and the easy access to the bathroom and shower. My mother is elderly and has limited mobility, and she definitely appreciated the ease with which she could get in and out of the shower and the bathroom. We also enjoyed the restaurant on the premises. Though there wasn't a huge selection of menu items, what we had was delicious and beautifully presented, and the serving staff was very amenable. One last positive note is the location. The hotel is fairly centrally located in the city, yet it manages to maintain a rural feel and was very quiet and peaceful during our stay. I highly recommend this establishment...oh, and I applaud the management for providing "green" toiletries.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

Spent 9 days at this wonderful property while attending the Tucson gem show. We initially booked this hotel because they were offering some very attractive rates, but we didn't necessarily have high expectations. The Lodge easily met and surpassed whatever expectations we did have. They just underwent a major renovation and expansion of the hotel and from what I can tell, they did an absolutely superb job! We had a double queen bedded, deluxe room which was one of the new rooms. It was large and spacious and immaculate. Very tasteful and comfortable southwestern decor, one of the most comfortable hotel beds I've ever slept in with great linens, huge dressing area outside the bathroom, large bathroom with double bowl vanity and walk in shower, great storage space, FREE wireless internet and flat screen TV.

For a hotel that is right in the heart of the city, the property was surprisingly expansive, quiet and secluded. The rooms are all in low rise, two story buildings and have a series of lovely meandering pathways and gardens that wander throughout. They have a beautiful new pool with a great hot tub, stunning new lobby area, a comfy library stocked with plenty of books and a very nice restaurant and bar area where we ate several meals, had nightcaps and watched the Super Bowl. The food is good, not yet great, but I think they had just reopened the restaurant after the renovation and were still working on getting their menu down. I expect good things. The restaurant has a great outdoor patio area with an open air fireplace. It's a shame that it was a bit too chilly for us to use the patio because it is a very lovely setting. The manager Kevin was extremely attentive and welcoming. Their evening bartender, Christophe, mixes a mean margarita and is quite a wine connoissuer. They serve several great wines which we enjoyed nightly in the hot tub.

The location was perfect for what we were there for which was the gem show. It was centrally located and only a short distance to all the areas around town where the show was taking place. However, be aware that it is in a relatively residential area and you will need a car to go anywhere or do anything. We had one so it was not a problem and the free, on-site parking was a real plus.

The staff was young and a bit inexperienced, but you could tell that they were being coached well and they were all extremely friendly and helpful. Whatever they didn't know, they went out of their way to find out for you. We were also at the hotel three nights longer then expected due to flight cancellations and weather delays caused by the huge snowstorms that were being experienced on the east coast. When I went to discuss extending our stay with the front desk staff and asked them to switch us to a less expensive room to try to offset the unforeseen costs we would incur, they offered to let us stay in our present room at a discounted rate for the remaining nights. I can't tell you how much we appreciated that!

Since the renovation is relatively new and many areas of the hotel had just reopened when we stayed there, they were still working out a few bugs with the wireless internet and a few other minor things. For what it's worth, I do have a few suggestions that would raise this already wonderful establishment to the next level:

1. Room service - there were many nights we would have loved to dine in the room or be able to order a glass of wine to be delivered, and in-room breakfast would have been wonderful;

2. Mini-bars or at least refrigerators in the room - while the hotel did provide ice buckets, ice and coffee makers in the room, it was very hard to keep anything cold or to store left overs from many of the great dinners we had around Tucson;

3. Work-out facility - Just a room with a few treadmills or stationary bikes and some free weights would be very handy for keeping up with workouts on the road;

4. Spa - While this may be a little over the top, I certainly would have indulged after long days of trudging around convention centers and hotel ballrooms.

Please understand that these are not criticisms, but simply suggestions for enhancing an already wonderful stay. We greatly enjoyed our time at the Lodge and will certainly make this our return destination for the gem show next year. Keep up the good work!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
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Switzerland
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2010

First of all I never expected such a nice setting. This was a beautiful hotel with newly renovated rooms which are spacious. The bathroom was beautiful with a walk in shower. The staff was helpful and a hoot to chat with! Always eager to please. The dining at the hotel was excellent and the patio area with a outdoor fire place was the perfect setting for a glass of wine in the evenings. We used the jacuzzi which after a long day at a trade show was just a dream. I highly recommend this hotel and will be staying there again next year!
Tucson is not the happening town so having a nice place to stay is really important!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
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Property: Lodge on the Desert
Address: 306 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711-2855
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#9 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#14 Family Hotel in Tucson
#24 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lodge on the Desert 3.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lodge on the Desert is a Tucson classic and guests experience the authenticity of the Old Pueblo blended with the modern southwest charm that has evolved throughout the Lodge's storied 80 years. This 100-room boutique hotel is situated on five acres in mid-town Tucson, AZ and appeals to leisure and business travelers alike. Plus with event spaces for up to 175 guests, Lodge on the Desert is popular for small to mid-size meetings and intimate social gatherings. An Arizona landmark and Tucson tradition renowned for its intimate residential setting and genial hospitality, here guests discover pathways meandering among regal palms, native cacti and manicured lawns wrapped in ribbons of seasonal flowers. Charming hacienda-style accommodations afford guests a sanctuary in which to retreat and relax. It is truly Tucson's urban oasis. And considered by many to be the Old Pueblo's mid-town masterpiece. ... more   less 
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